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Shostakovich: Symphony No 14 / Currentzis, Musicaeterna

Shostakovich / Musicaeterna / Currentzis / Migunov
Release Date: 05/11/2010 
Label:  Alpha Productions   Catalog #: 159   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Julia KorpachevaPiotr Migunov
Conductor:  Teodor Currentzis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  MusicAeterna
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 52 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


This Shostakovich Fourteenth ideally captures the music's edgy, mournful, and beatific moods. Bass Piotr Migunov sounds appropriately ghostly in De Profundis, and delightfully rude in Réponse des Cosaques Zaporogues au Sultan de Constantinople. Julia Korpacheva captivates with her ethereal, mournful Le Suicidé, and offers sharply etched vocal characterizations in Les Attentives II, even if she does not reach the manic heights of the larger-voiced Galina Vishnevskaya on her classic recording with Rostropovich. In La Loreley both singers wonderfully render the song's barely controlled hysteria.

MusicAeterna makes up for its small-bodied sound with gripping orchestral
Read more execution under Teodor Currentzis' taut and focused direction. Malagueña leaps about with a singular ferocity, as does Réponse des Cosaques. At the other extreme the players' sustained intensity enriches À La Santé and O Delvig. (Still, it's hard to forget Rostropovich's deluge of strings once you've heard it). Alpha's recording reproduces the performance in vivid, wide-ranging sound. An excellent disc, one of the choice recordings of this uncompromising work.

--Victor Carr Jr, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1. Symphony no 14 in G minor, Op. 135 by Dmitri Shostakovich
Performer:  Julia Korpacheva (), Piotr Migunov ()
Conductor:  Teodor Currentzis
Orchestra/Ensemble:  MusicAeterna
Period: 20th Century 
Written: 1969; USSR 
Date of Recording: 07/2009 
Venue:  Opera Theatre, Novosibirsk (Russie) 
Length: 50 Minutes 13 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Symphony No. 14, Op. 135: I. De profundis: Adagio
Symphony No. 14, Op. 135: II. Malaguena: Allegretto
Symphony No. 14, Op. 135: III. Loreley: Allegro molto
Symphony No. 14, Op. 135: IV. The Suicide: Adagio
Symphony No. 14, Op. 135: V. On the Watch: Allegretto
Symphony No. 14, Op. 135: VI. Madam, look!: Allegretto
Symphony No. 14, Op. 135: VII. In the Sante Prison: Adagio
Symphony No. 14, Op. 135: VIII. Reply of the Zaporozhye Cossacks to the Sultan of Constantinople: Allegro
Symphony No. 14, Op. 135: IX. O Delvig, Delvig!: Andante
Symphony No. 14, Op. 135: X. Death of the Poet
Symphony No. 14, Op. 135: XI. Conclusion: Moderato

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